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Every Last One [Kindle Edition]

Anna Quindlen
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“Spellbinding.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In a tale that rings strikingly true, [Anna] Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.”—People

“We come to love this family, because Quindlen makes their ordinary lives so fascinating, their mundane interactions engaging and important. . . . Never read a book that made you cry? Be prepared for a deluge of tears.”—USA Today

“Anna Quindlen’s writing is like knitting; prose that wraps the reader in the warmth and familiarity of domestic life. . . . Then, as in her novels Black and Blue and One True Thing, Quindlen starts to pull at the world she has knitted, and lets it unravel across the pages.”—The Seattle Times

“Packs an emotional punch . . . Quindlen succeeds at conveying the transience of everyday worries and the never-ending boundaries of a mother’s love.”—The Washington Post

“A wise, closely observed, achingly eloquent book.”—The Huffington Post
“If you pick up Every Last One to read a few pages after dinner, you’ll want to read another chapter, and another and another, until you get to bed late.”—Associated Press
“Quindlen conjures family life from a palette of finely observed details.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Quindlen’s] emotional sophistication, and her journalistic eye for authentic dialogue and detail, bring the ring of truth to every page of this heartbreakingly timely novel.”—NPR


“Spellbinding.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In a tale that rings strikingly true, [Anna] Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.”—People

“We come to love this family, because Quindlen makes their ordinary lives so fascinating.”—USA Today
“Packs an emotional punch.”—The Washington Post

From the Paperback edition.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 669 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 305 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0812981944
  • Verlag: Cornerstone Digital (12. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004YE6O08
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #228.777 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Heavy-handed! 17. Januar 2012
This is a hard one to call ' mostly because it is a well-written work, created with craft and heart and thought. Ms. Quindlen obviously thinks highly of her readers, for she has spent time trying to get it right. I detected neither insincerity nor shallowness. Most of the characters were authentic and alive, I had a good grasp of them, the adults as well as the teenagers.

Nonetheless, after about a hundred pages in, when still nothing much was happening to thrust the book forward - just pretty prose followed by pretty prose describing very mundane things - ' I started to get antsy. I was beginning to dislike the book. And I realized how important it is, not just to write well and truthfully, but to TELL A STORY THAT KEEPS US RIVETED. To do that, you need characters who have a want, a goal, an aim, and they act upon it, skirting obstacles, fighting obstacles, etc. In fact, the plot point that finally turns the story into another direction is not the main character''s doing, but comes from outside, almost like a deus ex machina. So it''s not even the main character, Mary Beth Latham, who moves the story forward. She just floats along, in the first half of the book merrily, in the second half like a zombie. She barely acts. This may be true-to-life, BUT IT DOESN'T MAKE FOR A GOOD STORY. And this so sloooows down the book.

Another thing that bothered me, was that I really didn't know what Quindlen wanted us to come away with. Why did she write this story? Just to remind us that bad things happen to good people? Did she have to be so extreme about it? She - watch out: SPOILER!! - ' kills off three wonderful people with one fell swoop and leaves the wife and mother a frozen, closed off soul. Was that necessary? I wondered why she did it.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Boring 25. Januar 2011
Von Grizzly
This book deals with the life of an average American family and their three teenage children. After a terrible crime they have to come to terms with their changed reality. This may sound tempting to read, but in fact it's not. The first half of the book is incredibly boring because the author describes in minute detail the trivialities of a suburban life. There's no plot development whatsoever, and the reader is confronted with an awful lot of names of neighbours, friends, children's friends and their parents. It's almost impossible to remember who is who, as all these people have hardly any function apart from filling the pages with meaningless chatter.The second half is slightly better, but here again it's really difficult to sympathize with the protagonist Mary Beth.Her tribulations somehow don't ring true ,and one keeps wondering about her emotions.The author never manages to give a real insight into the characters, and so they remain flat and stereotypical.All in all a wasted chance to write about a harrowing experience.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen good story told by courageous mother 18. September 2014
Von Gisela S.
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My first book by Anna Quindlen and would like to read more now.
This is a description of an American family and their everyday life and worries, written from from the perspective of the mother.
The characters really come to life! I could relate to a lot of it from my own experience with a disturbed son... emotionally not an easy read for me, but satisfying in the end, because there is hope and life goes on.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Familiendrama 4. Februar 2014
Von Simplyme
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Interessante Familien-Geschichte, gute Personen- und auch Situationen Beschreibung, zwischendurch etwas schleppend, trotzdem sicher lesenswert. Ich würde das Buch sicher empfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "It's perfection. Perfection." 31. März 2010
Von Eileen Granfors - Veröffentlicht auf
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Anna Quindlen captures the pulse of family interactions in a way that is realistic. The narrator can be acutely self-aware without seeming whining or disdainful.

In "Every Last One," the story is narrated by Mary Beth Latham, mother of three. She has a faithful, stoic husband, her own business in gardening, and yet, this mom is feeling the slightest hints of emptiness, loneliness, as her children grow up and away.

The eldest, Ruby, is a writer. At seventeen, she is growing into a young woman known for her quirks, her artistic temperament and her ability at school. Her private manners with her family, however, reveal her to be as headstrong and rude and arrogant as any teen can be.

The twins, Alex and Max, are fraternal. They share very little except a room. Alex is the athlete; Max is the musician. Alex is popular; Max is on the fringes of his school's society. They are not exactly friends though they are brothers.

The book moves through family crisis and angst over Max's depression, Alex's cockiness, and Ruby's insistence that parents just chill when it comes to her personal life. Her personal life includes a lost-puppy boyfriend, Kiernan, who has a special place in the Latham household although as readers we get to know a wide circle of people. Quindlen handles a large cast with clarity and sympathy.

My only reservation about the book is a result of the back cover's blurb, which I felt contained an unnecessary spoiler. For the pure enjoyment of watching a family that seems perfect but that is as dysfunctional as any other, avoid reading the jacket blurb.

I am a big fan of Anna Quindlen's works. "Every Last One" is a quick read, full of emotional moments and insights into the way women bond and think. Some of the setting details seem thrown in to perhaps update the story now and then, but big deal--this is a terrific book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Powerfully written, deeply thought-provoking 24. März 2010
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You'd think, considering how much I actually liked this book, that I would give it five stars. In fact, I almost did.

Despite the fact that the jacket description of this book set me up to be looking for clues as to the shocking event at the center of the story, the book is powerfully well-written and compelling. The characters all seem real, and the first-person narration manages to reveal things about the other characters that even she seems not to be aware of. I really don't know how the author did that, so consistently and well, but I definitely knew things about many of the supporting characters that the narrator did not know. The author's ability to express the essence of a personality in just a single line of dialog or a physical mannerism is impressive, and she even makes it plausible that these "reveals" are unnoticed by the narrator, presumably due to familiarity.

I was deeply impressed with the book, and I find myself thinking about the characters and situations even now, days later. So why not give it five stars? Well, there are a couple reasons, and I can't really tell you what they are. There are two plot points that just irritated me. Both of them are spoilers, so I won't say what they are, but one of them seemed unnecessary and one of them was just clumsy. Both of them stood out in a what was otherwise a tightly plotted and meticulously paced novel. And each of them slammed me out of suspension of disbelief when it happened, which significantly reduced my enjoyment of the novel.

I still highly recommend this book. It feels very real, and there are many layers of meaning here to uncover, all wrapped up in fluent prose and intriguing characters.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 10. April 2010
Von Anne Masterson - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am a big Anna Quindlen fan and have read all her other books. I have enjoyed them immensely, with the possible exception of her last book, "Rise and Shine". That was until now. If you are a middle aged woman who is a helicopter parent, this may be the book for you. Otherwise, not so much.

This is the story of the Latham family, as narrated by the mother, Mary Beth. Her husband is an ophthalmologist and they have three teenage children, Ruby and twins Max and Alex. The jacket says that a shocking act of violence is going to befall the family and while others have complained it is a spoiler, I am glad that it did or I probably would have given up on this book. This first eighty pages or so were incredibly slow going, bordering on boring.

There is heavy foreshadowing of two possible scenarios for a tragic event and I guessed which one it was going to be long before it happened. There will be no spoilers in this review. Suffice to say that Mary Beth suffers from the fallout.

Although I did not care for this book, nor would I recommend it, I am giving it three stars rather than the two stars a lesser writer may have gotten for two reasons. The first is Anna Quindlen is not a lesser writer. Although this is not my favorite work by her, she is adept at writing whole characters and having them express themselves in ways that are true and natural. If I had liked the Mary Beth character more, I may have liked this book more. Second, is that approximately one quarter of the book deals with grief and grieving, but not in an overly depressing way. It sheds a light on the pain people go through when there is a loss, how they are supported initially and then shunned if they are not "better" in a month, and how support can, and will, come from the strangest places. This portion of the book was the Anna Quindlen I know and admire.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Tragic, but utterly boring 13. Mai 2011
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I was glad the synopsis included a big hint of what was to come. I had to go back and reread it nearly 1/2 way through the book it to assure myself that I wasn't just reading a laundry list of daily life for nearly any parent out there. The first 150 (of 300) pages are tedious. Had I known the last 130 pages would be as tedious, I wouldn't have bothered finishing the book. There was no build-up (some hints that told you what was probably coming, but nothing suspenseful or compelling) nor resolution. One day we're driving to soccer practice, the next unspeakable tragedy, the next we're driving to soccer practice again - but now we're sad. Not my kind of book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "It's only before the realities set in that we can treasure our delusions." 25. April 2010
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I have read every one of Anna Quindlen's novels. Every Last One is, by far, the most compelling and beautifully written of any she's written. It is the story of one family that is impacted by a horrific act of violence. Their resultant grief and struggle to survive is told with great empathy and insight. Quindlen's language is poetic and languorous. The book is a page-turner but the reader is never rushed. We are there with the characters and we face what they face, in their own time and in their own way.

Mary Beth Latham is a mother whose life revolves around her family. Though she has a successful landscaping business, her priority is her family. She is dedicated to her children: 17 year old Ruby, and the fraternal twins, 14 year-olds Alex and Max. She has been married to her physician husband, Glen, for close to twenty-five years. The marriage is happy enough but Mary Beth's focus is her children. She loves the routine of cooking, going to the children's sports events and opening her home to her children's friends.

Though they are twins, Alex and Max could not be more different. Alex is popular and easy-going. He excels at every sport that he tries. Max is quiet and introverted, not good at sports and not very popular. He takes drum lessons and seems to enjoy this activity. With good reason, Mary Beth suspects that Max is depressed and takes him to a therapist who specializes in the treatment of twins.

Ruby is a senior in high school, a unique individual with her own flowering style. She is active in her school's literary journal and writes poetry. She has two best friends, Rachel and Sara. Next year she will be off to college. Her grades are so good that she is likely to be accepted anywhere she applies.

For several years Ruby has had a boyfriend named Kiernan, the son of a former friend of Mary Beth's. Kiernan is like a fourth child in the family until the time when Ruby decides to break up with him. The break-up is traumatic for Kiernan. He begins to drink heavily, sneaks into the Latham house and Ruby's car to leave photos and presents for Ruby. One evening, in the middle of the night, he remains outside the Latham house howling and crying for Ruby. Mary Beth comforts him and sends him home. It starts to get creepy for Ruby and she attempts to tell her mother but Mary Beth is too involved with Max's depression to really understand the severity of issues with Kiernan.

On New Year's Eve, a horrific event of violence occurs that impacts the whole Latham family. Quindlen's description of grief is so right-on that it is very painful to read. She is able to draw out the characters' feelings over time just as the feelings of real grief are played out. This is not done in one or two pages, but for the whole second half of the book. The first half of the book is the prologue to the event and the second half of the book is about the impact of the event.

The first half of the book may seem slow as it sets the stage for what is to follow. However, it is necessary and important for it is here that we get the sense of what the Latham family is about - - who their friends are, their place in the community, their values and the family dynamics. It requires a bit of patience to get through this part but Quindlen knows how to set the stage for what is to follow.

I have never read such a potent and painful description of grief except in the wonderful novel, How to Paint a Dead Man: A Novel (P.S.), by Sara Hall. Quindlen's writing has matured. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a best seller. It is a page-turner and very accessible. It is a beautiful book, a real literary achievement in its own right. It is a credit to her that this book is likely to be read by so many because it deserves a very large audience.
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